On Sale September 12, 2017
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Ten Thousand Saints, an audacious American epic set in rural Georgia during the years of the Depression and Prohibition.
“Beginning with the miraculous birth of two unlikely twins, Eleanor Henderson creates an intricate and fascinating tale of maternity and paternity, of race and blood, of two young women doing what they must do to survive. The Twelve-Mile Straight portrays events along a tiny sliver of Depression-era Georgia, but as the revelations mount this place truly becomes an everywhere. This is brave material, confronted with unblinking honesty and woven with intelligence and grace."
—Christopher Tilghman, author of The Right-Hand Shore
Ten Thousand Saints
- 10 Best Books of 2011, The New York Times
- A Year’s Reading selection, The New Yorker
- Top 5 Fiction title, O Magazine
- Top 10 Debut Fiction title by Amazon.com
- Finalist, 2011 Award for First Fiction, L.A. Times
- Longlist, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
A sweeping, multigenerational drama set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring Lower East Side of New York during the late 1980s, Ten Thousand Saints announced a major new voice. Part coming of age, part coming to terms, Eleanor Henderson’s debut novel is an emphatically observed story of a frayed tangle of family members, brought painfully together by a death, then carried along in anticipation of new and unexpected life. One of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2011, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and the inspiration for the 2015 film starring Ethan Hawke.
“[A] rare debut that, with a flinty kind of nostalgia, invokes both the gods and demons of a generation.” —Vogue